California Governor Gavin Newsom capped a busy first week in office on Thursday by proposing $144.2 billion in general fund spending for the most populous US state, highlighted by increased expenditures in healthcare and education.
It appears he can have his cake and eat it too because he's projecting a massive $21.5 billion surplus - far beyond anything the state has seen in almost 20 years - as California collects more in taxes than predicted and growth slows for Medi-Cal, which provides health care for low-income people.
SACRAMENTO-State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond today praised Governor Gavin Newsom's proposed budget for fiscal year 2019-20.
"The message we are advancing here is discipline, building a strong foundation on which everything else can be built", Newsom told reporters in Sacramento.
It kicks of five months of negotiations with lawmakers, who must approve a spending plan by June 15.
In a nod to the recent wildfires that have decimated California communities, Newsom also is proposing hundreds of millions in new spending on emergency response and preparedness, including new technology for Cal Fire and $60 million to start upgrading the state's antiquated 911 system.
Gavin Newsom proposed a $144 billion budget this week that will increase the state's overall spending, with a large cut going towards education programs and health care initiatives, expanding coverage for illegal immigrants. He will also ask for early steps toward a sweeping expansion of California's paid family leave for new parents.
Newsom's proposal, released Thursday, marks a 4 percent increase over the last budget approved by his predecessor, Jerry Brown. The surplus Newsom projected is well over the roughly $15 billion predicted by the non-partisan legislative analyst's office.
The budget includes a $3 billion one-time payment to California's teacher pension fund on behalf of schools to help districts that are seeing more of their budgets eaten up by pension obligations.
He's proposing $1.4 billion for higher education. Newsom wants those schools to use the money to make the second year of school tuition free, although it already is for many low-income students.
He wants to invest $500 million in infrastructure to provide more childcare and $750 million for kindergarten programs. He also wants to boost a tax credit for families by more than a half-billion dollars.
Newsom says he plans to end California's current juvenile justice system "as we know it", including by shifting the state's few remaining juvenile justice facilities from the corrections department to the Health and Human Services Agency.
Even as Newsom spoke, though, the state controller delivered a reality check: Revenue in December was abysmal, almost $5 billion below assumptions.
The blueprint includes $13.6 billion Newsom has proposed setting aside for what he called "budget resiliency", with those monies earmarked to pay down unfunded retirement liabilities, to build on California's rainy-day cash reserve and to retire some of the state's debt.
Helping low-income children in the crucial early years of life, when brains are developing rapidly, was a central campaign promise for Newsom, who has four young children and was elected with an overwhelming majority in November.
Newsom also plans to increase subsidies for people who buy their own insurance, rather than getting it from an employer or government program.
California now replaces a portion of wages for six weeks for new parents, and birth mothers can take an additional six weeks of disability leave.
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